YG's independent release, First Time (Plow, 1997), has received airplay on the WNNX 99X Locals Only program, a showcase for emerging local talent. In addition, the CD is available at Atlanta area Blockbuster Music locations.
A seasoned professional at only age 22, YG has gained enormous popularity and a large fan base playing a demanding schedule of gigs in the Atlanta area for nearly eight years. He began performing at local open mic nights and quickly graduated to the bar and club circuit, where he has shared the stage with numerous local acts, including Columbia recording artist and Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins.
The 1996 Summer Olympics found him logging a marathon-like 25 performances in 17 days on the Miller Lite and Budweiser stages during the Centennial Games. YG was a noted performer at Atlanta's 1997 Annual Music Midtown Festival.
In September 1997, YG opened for sixties pop icons "The Monkees" at Atlanta's Chastain Park Amphitheatre where he received a standing ovation and curtain call. The day after the show, Atlanta's Fox 97 Morning Show was deluged with phone calls from raving concert attendees.
In October 1997, YG opened for Lava/Atlantic artist Edwin McCain at the Elizabeth Reed Music Hall in Macon, Georgia. YG then joined the Southeastern leg of McCain's Spring 1998 national tour. 1999 found YG performing with such local Atlanta legends as JoJo Herman of Widespread Panic and Col. Bruce Hampton.
In 2000, YG continues his intense schedule of local shows, which included joining McCain and Kevn Kinney at Atlanta's Phipps Plaza July 4th, 2000 celebration.
This August, YG was first runner-up for the Atlanta Local Music Award's (ALMA) People's Choice Award, and was honored with a prime showcase spot at the 3rd Annual Atlantis Music Conference.
YG is currently in the recording studio working on a new album, while continuing to play numerous venues in the Atlanta area.
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